Kids love Kiko+

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Dec 292014


After the busy Christmas period with late nights, noisy toys and too much food I love relaxing with my family, just calmly reading a book and playing a quiet game. If you are looking for a fabulous game that is fun, educational, unique and very stylish you are sure to love today’s hip find from Kiko+:

Kiko+ Tanabata

This super cool Tanabata Star Dominos Set ($65) by Japanse designer label Kiko+ consists of 100 smooth wooden stars: 70 coloured stars in 7 different colours and 30 natural beech stars marked with the number 0-9, packed together in a lovely golden bag. Stack them, sort them or count them, line them up and watch them fall or play a game of dominos by matching up the numbers, the options are endless!

It’s a great educational game too as you can use the stars to create your own simple maths exercises for young children. You can stack a pile of stars with the same colour, count them and find the natural beech star with the same number. You can also practise addition and subtraction in a creative and playful way, after all kids learn best when they are having fun!

Tanabata Star Dominos

You can find this pretty Tanabata Star Dominos Set in store at Fabrik, Australia wide shipping is $7.95 and orders over $100 ship free.

To find out more about Fabrik, to take a closer look at Kiko+ Tanabata Star Dominos and to order online visit

Apr 072012

You might remember that back in December I wrote about Happy Homemade Vol.1: Treasured Collection, a beautiful Japanese craft book with ladies fashion designed by Yoshiko Tsukiori. Craft lovers from all over the world have already fallen in love with her style and I have no doubt they will be very excited to hear about Yoshiko’s latest addition for the book shelf, the Girls Style Book.

The Girls Style Book offers 88 pages of pure delight for mums of little girls between 4 and 10 years old. With 24 great projects to choose from your daughter could soon have a wardrobe filled with the cutest dresses, tunics, blouses and even whole outfits. Of course all these gorgeous designs are full of the stunning details Japanese craft is famous for: ruches, frills, lace, buttons, gathering and much more.

All the patterns are included, safely kept in an envelope at the back of the book, and together with the detailed instructions your little lady will be wearing your handmade creations in no time. The Girls Style Book even has patters for matching bags, hats and headbands to complete the outfits. You will grab this book of the shelf again and again as the options are endless, just pick your favourite fabric and get sewing.

You can find Girls Style Book: Japanese Craft by Yoshiko Tsukiori (RRP $29.95, published by Penguin) in bookstores across Australia as well as at online book retailers.

Dec 112011

People who know me well know that I don’t like clutter and unnecessary ‘stuff’, if we haven’t used items for a year or so I see no need to keep them any longer and find a good home for them. Toys are put to good use in the church and clothes go to the local op-shop. But hiding in the corner of our bedroom, usually covered by piles of folded laundry that need to be put away, is something I haven’t used for a long time, or ever really, yet I can’t say goodbye to it.

I am talking about my sewing machine, an old Janome that I picked up at a garage sale 3 years ago when I was still under the impression I would soon have some free time to learn how to use it. I still hope I will one day and when I do know how to work it I am going to make something from the lovely book Happy Homemade Vol.1: Treasured Collection.

This absolutely gorgeous craft book by Yoshiko Tsukiori features 20 projected for handmade women’s clothing. Originating in Japan these beautiful designs are now translated into English and adapted for Western sizing so we can all recreate and enjoy Yoshiko’s style. What really appeals to me is the loose-fitting cut of most pieces (perfect for the post-baby body many of us are left with) yet each garment is still elegant and feminine thanks to the small details and materials chosen.

I can easily see myself wear many of these styles, if only I knew how to make them! Sweet tunics, cute dresses, little jackets, items ideal for mixing and matching and you can pick colours and fabrics that suit your taste perfectly. The full colour photo’s and very detailed instructions will help you create a new wardrobe full of handmade treasures. The patterns are supplied on two separate sheets and cover Australian sizes 6-16.

You can find Happy Homemade Vol. 1: Treasured Collection by Yoshiko Tsukiori (RRP $29.95, published by Penguin) in bookstores across Australia as well as at online book retailers.